Julie Brunelle stooped in the flower beds behind the Cylburn mansion Sunday, examining the ants as they worked their way inside peony blooms and helped them to open.
It reminded her of being with her grandmother, who cultivated the flowers at her home in Michigan before passing away recently. And so the visit to the Cylburn Arboretum in Baltimore with her family on Mother's Day brought the 39-year-old some solace.
"Coming to gardens this weekend has been very healing for my heart," Brunelle, of Baltimore, said. "I think it will probably become a tradition."
Across the arboretum's 207 acres, mothers and their appreciative offspring laid out picnic...